The moment you become a parent changes everything and you will almost certainly have a heightened sense of responsibility for looking after your child.
This will mean that you will want to make sure that your car is ready and able to offer your precious cargo a safe and comfortable conveyance every time you need to go on a journey.
Here are some insights and safety tips on preparing your car, including a guide to selecting the right child seat, how to avoid an auto-lock nightmare, plus why it pays to tint your windows and clear the clutter.
Readying your car
There are so many things to try and remember amidst the chaos and excitement of becoming a parent and making sure that the car is ready to accommodate your newborn should be on your to-do list.
You might want to learn more about finding a car that meets your family needs and also offers some built-in safety features that can give you a good start on making sure everyone enjoys a decent level of comfort as well as safety.
If you buy a new car or have a recent model you should find that there are likely to be secure fitting points built into the car which you can use when you have a child seat fitted. Seat belt anchorages do vary greatly between different makes of car, so check to see if there is a specific child seat that the vehicle manufacturer recommends using for maximum security.
It is now widely considered to be a safer option to use a rear-facing child seat between the age of newborn to two, as this is believed to reduce the prospect of death or serious injury by as much as five times in comparison to a forward-facing alternative.
As well as selecting a suitable child seat you might also want to check the auto-locking options on your car.
If your car is fitted with an auto-locking system make sure you know how to use it before you have a baby on board. It can be easy to overlook this simple check, especially before you are carrying a baby as a passenger and you might have only been using the front seats, but you don’t want a nightmare scenario where your infant gets locked inside the car on their own.
It might sound implausible but it only takes a distracted moment to leave the keyless entry device on the back seat, leaving you outside stranded.
Work out how it all works and what to do in an emergency situation.
Avoiding high temperatures
You must never consider leaving your child unattended in the car. Not only is this a security issue but the temperature inside the car can quickly reach dangerous levels in hot weather.
Infants can easily be affected by high temperatures so you might want to consider getting the rear windows tinted or fit a screen on the inside, although it is probably safer to tint the windows as they could get entangled in a window covering if there was an accident.
It would also be a good idea to keep your car clean and tidy, even though this is a challenge with young ones on board. The reason for this is that any loose items can turn into projectiles if you are involved in an accident.
Benjamin Potts has a 7month old daughter and where once he enjoyed writing about cars and tech, he now finds himself researching and then writing about parenting matters for an online audience.